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Dr. Fatma Ülkü Afifi-Yazar is Prof. of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. She obtained her Mag. Pharm. from the University of Vienna (Austria) and Dr. nat. sci. from ETH Zurich (Switzerland). In 1982 Dr. Afifi was appointed as the first faculty staff at the School of Pharmacy, The University of Jordan and in the following years was directly involved in the establishment of this first School of Pharmacy in Jordan. Later (1991-2002) she served as the Dean of the school after being head of the department for several years. She has a long academic career and is an active researcher in the fields of natural products chemistry and traditional medicine. Her main interests are isolation, identification and structure determination of plant constituents and biological activity of the natural products (anticancer, hypoglycemic, antilipidemic activities). She was involved in a big number of research projects granted institutionally (The University of Jordan), governmentally (Ministry of Higher Education/Jordan), internationally (Support to Research and Technological development & Innovation Initiative & Strategies in Jordan (SRTD) Project) and European Union (FP7). She is the author/co-author of more than 130 publications in peer reviewed international/regional journals and some chapters in scientific books. She has teaching experience in undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervised many postgraduate students (PhD and MSc) and was a member of national and international examination committees for postgraduate students. Dr. Afifi was a member of the Jordan FDA Committee for Medicinal Plants and Natural Products, member of Technical Accreditation Committee of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, member of the Accreditation Committees of the Private Faculties of Pharmacy and is associate editor and/or a member in the editorial board of several pharmaceutical journals (Jordan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Times/Middle East Edition, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, The Open Complementary Medicine etc..) Dr. Afifi received the "Distinguished Researcher Award" from The University of Jordan for three successive years; 2011, 2012 and 2013 and the most prestigious award of the Arabic World "Shoman Foundation Award 2015 for Health Sciences/Medicinal Plants".
passionate about environmental conservation and cultivation of endangered plants germplasm.